Conterra Hires Telecom Veteran to Head Sales & Marketing

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Conterra Broadband Services announced today that it has hired Gregory L. Spraetz as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  Mr. Spraetz will oversee all revenue growth and retention objectives of the company across both its Enterprise (K-12, Healthcare, Business and Government) and Carrier (cell backhaul and wholesale transport) business divisions.

Mr. Spraetz has spent the past 25 years in the Telecom/Network Services industry both on the carrier and enterprise sides of the business. For most of his career he has been involved in managing the development and sales of lit and dark optical fiber-based technical solutions to large usage customers.  Over the course of 11 years at Global Crossing, Mr. Spraetz worked his way up from a Regional Sales Vice President to, most recently, Senior Vice President, North America/Asia PAC Wholesale, Carrier and Collaboration Services following the company's sale to Level 3 Communications. In his Senior VP roles at Global Crossing/Level 3, Mr. Spraetz managed, developed, and executed various fiber optic transport and access marketing and sales strategies and led the integration efforts of the combined wholesale organizations technical, customer support, and financial groups. His sales organizations managed more than $2 billion in annual revenues. Before joining Conterra, Mr. Spraetz spent a year as a Managing Partner of Business Development at Cloudsmartz, a telecom consulting firm based in Rochester, NY that specializes in providing go-to-market and IT focused business improvement strategies for companies in the enterprise and data center industry. During his first 10 years after earning his college degree, Mr. Spraetz held various positions of increasing scope at BellSouth Telecommunications.

"Greg Spraetz is a seasoned and well respected veteran of the telecom services industry with an impressive track record of formulating and executing technical solution strategies that exceed both his customers' and his employers' expectations," commented Conterra's President and Chief Executive Officer, Steve Leeolou.  "We are highly confident that his extensive fiber experience, marketing and sales skills and nationwide business relationships will help drive exceptional growth and uncover new opportunities during this next phase of Conterra's business development with our new partners at Court Square Capital," added Mr. Leeolou.

Following a transition period, Mr. Spraetz will replace Tom Prestwood who will be shifting within Conterra to head up the company's Communication Towers division which includes a portfolio of approximately 500 tower structures and 500 roof-top locations, all owned and operated by Conterra, in 14 states throughout the country.

About Conterra Broadband Services

Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Conterra Broadband Services is a national provider of fiber-quality telecommunications solutions for schools, healthcare, telecom carriers, municipalities and select enterprises that require bandwidth intensive, carrier-grade services primarily in underserved markets. Conterra and its subsidiaries currently provide these services to over 2,900 locations throughout the United States. For more information about Conterra, visit www.conterra.com or call: 800-634-1374.

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SOURCE Conterra Ultra Broadband LLC

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